Michelle Bachmann Channels McCarthy: “Obama Very Anti-American,” Congressional Witch Hunt Needed October 19, 2008Posted by rogerhollander in U.S. Election 2008.
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Saturday 18 October 2008
by: Sam Stein, Huffington Post
Representative Michelle Bachmann. (Paul Giambarba / t r u t h o u t)
In a television appearance that outraged Democrats are already describing as Joseph McCarthy politics, Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann claimed on Friday that Barack Obama and his wife Michelle held anti-American views and couldn’t be trusted in the White House. She even called for the major newspapers of the country to investigate other members of Congress to “find out if they are pro-America or anti-America.”
Appearing on MSNBC’s Hardball, Bachmann went well off the reservation when it comes to leveling political charges against the Democratic nominee.
“If we look at the collection of friends that Barack Obama has had in his life,” she said, “it calls into question what Barack Obama’s true beliefs and values and thoughts are. His attitudes, values, and beliefs with Jeremiah Wright on his view of the United States…is negative; Bill Ayers, his negative view of the United States. We have seen one friend after another call into question his judgment — but also, what it is that Barack Obama really believes?”
Goaded by a Chris Matthews to explain exactly what she was talking about (at one point Bachmann seemed to imply that liberalism was anti-Americanism), the congresswoman waded deeper into the mud.
“Remember it was Michele Obama who said she is only recently proud of her country and so these are very anti-American views,” she said. “That’s not the way that most Americans feel about our country. Most Americans are wild about America and they are very concerned to have a president who doesn’t share those values.”
Matthews later pressed her to name a single member of Congress other than Obama who she thought was anti-American. Bachmann, who initially wouldn’t budge, called for a major “expose” into the matter.